California

Restaurants in California

California restaurants range from the four-star to fast-food joints, and everything in-between. Because the state is a melting pot, it’s easy to find a wide range of cuisine. Mexican, South American, Chinese, Japanese, American, French, Ethiopian cuisine – you name it, and you’ll likely be able to find multiple California restaurants that serve it.

The Golden State enjoys an enviable culinary reputation. For instance, French Laundry, located in Napa Valley, isn’t just considered to be one of the best restaurants in California, but is widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in the world. Reservations are hard to come by, but those who manage to get one are in for a treat. Everyday, the Thomas Keller-helmed restaurant delights guests with a nine-course tasting menu made solely from local, fresh ingredients.

On the other side of the coin, restaurants in California include a number of quality fast food joints, most notably In-N-Out Burger, which enjoys something of a cult following with locals and tourists alike.

The signature sticky, yet fluffy, rice is what sets ToraFuku apart from other Japanese fine dining restaurants. Made in a 500-pound Kamado pot, a method that has been utilized for hundreds of years in Japan, the shiny grains impress even the most discerning, native palates.

The original Lotería stand is a landmark at the Third Street Farmers’ Market; this newer location serves the same note-perfect tacos in a sit-down setting.

Chef and owner Ken Tominaga moved to Sonoma from Tokyo as a child, eventually opening this Japanese restaurant in 1990. The understated dining room is decorated in a color palate of cream, lavender, and blue, while a list of specials is displayed behind the sushi bar.

Interior designer Thomas Schoos transformed this former German eatery into a trendy restaurant. From the main dining room with its ambient lighting and elaborate mirrors, to the private rooms and outdoor patio's heat lamps and simple woodwork, the restaurant offers a warm, eclectic atmosphere.

Saladang Song is the sister restaurant to neighboring Saladang, which offers traditional Thai dishes.

1300 on Fillmore pays homage to southern fare and an integral part of the city's past.

As in a small-town version of Cheers, you’ll see the same faces reading the paper or tucking into a bowl of homemade granola.

The more casual option of Bacara Resort's restaurants, The Bistro serves Mediterranean and Continental cuisine in both indoor and patio settings, with prime views of the Pacific Ocean.

When Nancy Silverton teamed up with Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich to create—heaven help us all—a pizza parlor, you kind of knew it would be great. But not this great.

On Sunset Boulevard, wake up with a breakfast suited for champions, not carb-conscious celebrities. There are 18 over-sized hotcakes to choose from on the all-day menu, from basic buttermilk to sugar bombs topped with whipped cream, streusel, and caramel.

Catering mostly to the West-LA office crowd, Lemon Moon Café serves American lunch and breakfast classics with a twist.

Located off the beaten path in Yucca Valley, this historic “canteen” was first built in the 1940’s as part of Pioneertown, an elaborate movie set for some of Hollywood’s most famous Westerns.